Christmas Gift Away Recipient #2: Mike and Bethany Slofstra
Nominated by Chris Kenner and Monica Bos:
My niece Monica Bos & I would like to nominate the Mike Slofstra family for your holiday giveaway to help them as they currently navigate a difficult time in their lives. Mike, a local pastor who has also been a youth pastor to hundreds of youth here in Lynden, is currently battling a serious health issue, traveling to Seattle every 3 weeks to receive in-hospital treatments for the entire week while Bethany stays home in Lynden, managing their household and the busy schedules of 5 children. This family is nothing short of incredible as they have incessantly given to others in their church and throughout our community, being the hands and feet of Jesus through service and ministry. They are currently wrapping up an almost 2-year journey of fostering a little girl and have recently been approved to adopt her! Around the same time they received this exciting adoption news, they were faced with the report of Mike’s diagnosis, so it was bitter sweet, but it has helped them get through their initial diagnosis shock. Their family motto is “love big… hurt big”, as there were many times when they were not sure they were going to be able to adopt their little foster girl, and they had to endure many times of separation from her. They are now faced with another difficult season in life where they are all “hurting big.” It would be so wonderful if they could receive this generous collection of gifts you are offering… and we could all see them “loved big”. We know they would be especially blessed at this time of the year! Thank you for your consideration!
Please join us in praying for the Slofstra family as they “love big…hurt big” together. May the Lord richly provide healing for Mike, strength and endurance for Bethany, and hope, joy and peace for the whole family this Christmas season.